WHO will get your vote when Tameside goes to the polls on Thursday, May 6?
Residents who are registered to vote can have their say in the local borough elections and also the Greater Manchester Mayoral Elections.
For the local borough elections, one new councillor per ward will be elected from nominated candidates to represent the area on Tameside Council. Residents can have their say for the ward in which they live.
There are different ways to vote in the elections: at your local polling station, by post or by proxy (appointing someone to vote on your behalf).
You will receive a poll card telling you where to vote if you wish to vote in person at your local polling station on May 6.
Significant efforts have been made to ensure that all polling stations are Covid safe. Voters and staff will be required to wear a face covering (unless they are exempt), observe social distancing and use hand sanitiser which will be made available. Voters can bring their own pen or pencil should they wish to do so.
If you registered for a postal vote, you will receive a voting pack in the post including instructions on how to vote. Make sure you send it back so that it arrives by 10pm on election day.
The counts for local elections will commence at 11am on Friday, May 7 at Plantation Industrial Estate, Whitelands Road, Ashton-under-Lyne and is expected to be completed by 4pm. Admittance is strictly by ticket only.
To find out more go online: www.tameside.gov.uk/elections/ or call 0161 342 8355.
Here are the candidates standing in Dukinfield ward:
Naila Sharif, Labour Party
IT truly is a privilege to be representing and standing for election in Dukinfield, a place my family and I have called home for the past 50 years.
I currently work in the NHS and have been involved in the community, enabling me to understand and identify how important it is to be able to give back to our community as well as taking on board key issues and development points.
Education and social care are held closely to my heart as well as ensuring that we all are in arms when trying to save our planet for future generations.
Working with the youth of today is also important, enabling them to fulfil their potential and improving their quality of lives.
Working in the NHS has allowed me to understand the immense pressure the latest Conservative policies and decisions have put our nation under, and I am here to support those who need it most.
I hope I can count on your support to allow Dukinfield to prosper and develop.
Lucy Turner, Conservative Party
OVER the past few years, we have seen Dukinfield left behind as all the Council money has been spent elsewhere in Tameside.
While Hyde is promised a new swimming pool, we have lost ours! Denton has got a new health and leisure facility and Ashton has had a new indoor and outdoor market, new council offices, a new bus station, the Metrolink, new college buildings and the old swimming baths have been revamped.
What has Dukinfield seen for all this? Ever higher Council Tax bills – that’s what!
Our Labour councillors continue to let us down. They haven’t managed to bring any major investment to Dukinfield in all the years they have been elected. All they have done is vote to put our Council Tax bills up year after year.
If I am elected as your councillor, I will campaign for more investment for Dukinfield – to fix the potholes and to clean our streets. I will also vote to cut councillors’ allowances and invest the savings in services for you. But that can only happen if you vote Conservative in these elections.
Julie Wood, Green Party
I WORK for a mental health charity and am active in my local church. I believe this breeds empathy and understanding.
Having stood here in Dukinfield for many years, coming close to winning last time, I am electable as well as resilient. I am delighted to be standing again to give people a realistic alternative to Labour.
It is crucial for democracy to have balance and diversity in the Council. The Greens won in Ashton Waterloo last time and beat the Conservatives in a third of contested seats. We can provide that balance and diversity.
We all know the value of clean air. I support better public transport and safer walking and cycling to reduce our reliance on cars, cutting pollution and reducing congestion for those that need to drive.
Green Party policy is to protect valued greenbelt for people, wildlife, to guard against climate change and alleviate flood risk. We promote affordable, sustainable housing, built for the benefit of people rather than developer profits.
If you want green, vote Green.